This guest blog is by Mary-Herbert Copley, who explores the links between evidence and deliberative design when engaging in problem-solving for our institutions. 

On Saturday, May 7th, scientists and researchers across the country are coming together to celebrate Science Rendezvous -- an annual festival highlighting the amazing feats of science and engineering happening here in Canada! Evidence for Democracy is excited to announce that we are joining in the festivities with a series of Science Pub nights from coast to coast. If you live in Halifax, Ottawa, Kingston, Guelph, or Vancouver, please join us!

We have some exciting news to share with you! 

Kathleen Walsh joined the team in April and will be serving as the interim Executive Director for the next year while I’m away on parental leave starting in May.

The 2016 federal budget announced on March 22nd marks a significant turning point for science in Canada. With increased support for the granting councils (NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC) as well as government research, this budget represents a vast improvement over recent budgets. In addition to increased funding for science and research, there is a renewed commitment to support basic research with funding that is not tied to industry driven projects. Perhaps most promising, there is a commitment to evidence-based decision-making and a general recognition of the importance of science and innovation in Canada’s economy and society.

Evidence for Democracy was asked by the Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, to provide feedback on the creation of a Chief Science Officer (CSO) for Canada. We consulted science policy experts, international best practices, and surveyed our approximately 15 000 supporters across Canada in order to guide our recommendations.

15 month full-time employment position ending May 2017 with possibility of continued employment.

When it comes to evidence-based decision-making in health, clinical trials are the standard for determining if a drug is safe and effective. However, up to half of the information from these trials is never made available to doctors or patients.

The following piece by E4D's Executive Director, Dr. Katie Gibbs, was published on Cochrane Canada's blog in December 2015. 

On November 30th, leaders from across the globe meet in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties, to discuss global solutions to climate change. On the eve of this, citizens across the globe are marching in the People's Climate March to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change.